NantEnergy announced Thursday it has acquired the energy storage and management solutions business of Sharp Electronics Corp.
Included in the acquisition is Sharp’s Energy Systems and Services business, as well as the SmartStorage behind-the-meter energy storage system. Carl Mansfield, former GM and founder of Sharp’s Energy System and Services Group, will continue with NantEnergy as vice president, system solutions.
“Adding Sharp’s sizable and world-class energy storage business to the NantEnergy service portfolio is an important step in our mission to accelerate the worldwide transformation to clean, reliable energy through intelligent energy storage solutions,” said Patrick Soon-Shiong, chairman of NantEnergy, in a statement. “The acquisition of Sharp’s energy systems business and the SmartStorage brand immediately creates a foothold for NantEnergy in the U.S., particularly in the important California market.”
Also part of the acquisition is the SmartStorage behind-the-meter energy storage system that claims to reduce peak demand usage for commercial and industrial (C&I) buildings. Sharp’s energy systems business was previously rated by Navigant Research as a top 10 distributed-scale energy storage systems integrator for the U.S. market and it has an active project pipeline exceeding 60MW of commercial and industrial solar plus storage installations in the U.S.
NantEnergy will continue to promote the SmartStorage system, along with the optional 10-year Asset Management Service Agreement which provides routine and unscheduled maintenance, coupled with a 10-year demand reduction performance guarantee. Existing SmartStorage service agreements will continue to be covered by NantEnergy.
“The technology and software capabilities of the SmartStorage product are complementary to NantEnergy’s proven technology and products in telecom and microgrid markets and enable us to become a leader not only in behind-the-meter applications but also in the broader stationary energy storage market,” NantEnergy Chief Technology Officer Ramkumar Krishnan. “We are excited to leverage SmartStorage technology, talent and over five years of proven product experience in the C&I market.”
With the acquisition, NantEnergy expands its market reach with thousands of energy storage systems deployed globally across more than a dozen countries, including the U.S. market. NantEnergy’s management team now possesses over 100 years of combined experience in the energy storage industry.
“The SmartStorage team continually aims to make energy storage accessible, affordable and simple for our customers, guaranteeing that performance will be delivered,” Mansfield said. “NantEnergy’s proven technologies will enable us to offer new SmartStorage products and expanded capabilities in the future. I have ultimate confidence in the direction and promise of SmartStorage and NantEnergy, and I look forward to working with a leadership team that shares my passion for growing and innovating in the energy storage market.”
NantEnergy, formerly known as Fluidic Energy, is focused on the transition to clean, reliable energy coupled with its energy storage solution. The company designs, manufactures and markets energy storage solutions globally, with markets including providing backup power to critical wireless infrastructure, rural electrification microgrids, and distributed commercial and industrial energy management systems.
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